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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 6259144 ext 223 Sunday January 8A NFL Playoff Glance WILDCARD PLAYOFFS Saturday Jan 4 AFC Jets 41 Indianapolis 0 NFC Atlanta 27 Green Bay 7 Todays AFC Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers noon KENS NFC Giants at 49ers KABB DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS Jan 1112 AFC Cleveland Browns or Jets at Oakland Raiders AFC Jets or Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans NFC San Francisco 49ers or Giants at Tampa Bay Buocanneers NFC Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles Vick Falcons ice Favre Packers Atlanta escapes Frozen Tundra GREEN BAY Wis AP It looked so perfect for Green Bay Snow falling Packers in green and gold The Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field in January Only it wasnt Brett Favre making all the plays It was Atlantas Michael Vick Undaunted by the storied sta dium where his own coach lost in the Ice Bowl 35 years ago Vick made his tory of his own Saturday night The 22year old improvise tional genius led the Atlanta Falcons to a shocking 277 upset of the Packers in a wildcard playoff before a record crowd of stunned souls The Packers 125 were the only team to go unbeaten at VICK home during the regular sea son And they had never lost a home playoff game since the NFL instituted a postseason in 1933 in going 130 11 of the wins coming at Lambeau and two more in Milwaukee The closest they had come was on New Years Eve 1967 when Bart Starr knifed into the end zone with 13 seconds left to give Green Bay a 2117 victory over Dallas in the coldest game in NFL history Favre had built a reputation as the games greatest cola weather quarterback winning all 35 of his starts at home in which the temperature was 34 or below Vick was 13of25 for 117 and rushed 10 times for 64 yards numerous times turning sure sacks into big plays Ryan Longwell missed a field goal of 47 yards in the fourth and 45 yards in the third The Falcons who had backed into the playoffs after losing three of four in December will travel to Philadelphia for a divisional playoff next weekend K JESSIE New Braunfels midfielder Chelsea Simonson 9 fights off two McCallum defenders during Saturdays 20 victory Unicorns defense locks up 20 win Thornton scores first goal of year BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor The New Braunfels girls soccer team limited Austin McCallum to one shot on goal and opened the 2003 season with a 20 victory Saturday night at Unicorn Stadium When a ball got back there in Unicorn which wasnt that often the defense was always there If they were having trouble the midfield was right there to help them out Our defense played excep tional NB head coach Al Dressen said Of the 40 minutes allotted for the first half the Lady Knights spent a total of 4 min utes and 50 seconds in Uni corn territory Their only shot came with 10 seconds left in the half It sailed wide Weve got some girls who are really good ballhandlers and have really good touches on the Dressen said Seeing the whole field and knowing whats fixing to hap pen is the key to controlling the The starting defensive line included sweeper Kat Speck Sammy Lingamfelter Caitlin Buchanan and stopper Sarah Norris After graduating three seniors off of last years defen sive line Dressen experi menting with several players on defense Caitlin Chrystal Kayla Olson and Jennifer Shumway also played some on the back line Were still experimenting a little bit and trying some people out at different spots We have a lot of good players but we have to decide which ones to leave on Dressen said Kat Speck sprained her knee a little bit and we need ed to ice it for awhile Jen nifer Shumway did a great job back there at sweeper She played well at outsidemid too She has really stepped up a couple of notches this The Unicorns wasted little time scoring the first goal of See NB GIRLS Back on track SV gets boost from added players in 7061 win over Antonian BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor The Smithson Valley boys bas ketball team improved its record to 22 since the football season ended with a 7061 victory over San Anto nio Antonian Saturday at SVHS With the added size and athleti cism of Josh Gregory Jamie Kern Hank Schoggin Justin Hughes and Josh Little the Rangers 4 15 were able to spread the ball around a little more on offense and play tighter defense Tied 4141 at the start of the fourth quarter Schoggin stole the ball at midcourt and finished with a layup at the other end to give the Rangers a 4341 lead Smithson Valley never trailed after that We ran a halfcourt trap almost the whole night and I think even tually it just started wearing on them Hank Schoggin really stepped up and made a dif SV head coach Allan Miller said They went as long as they could but I think they ran out of Antonian was coming off a 6536 loss to Harlandale Friday night Schoggin finished with 10 points four steals and four rebounds SVs added dimensions opened up the perimeter for leadingscorer Chase Johnson who racked up 11 of his gamehigh 22 points in the fourth quarter and connected on 2of4 threepoint attempts in the second half They five football players add height and a lot more depth to our team so we feel a lot more com fortable Not that the other players were not necessarily as good its just that we feel more comfortable because weve played with them for a long Johnson said SV trailed by as much as 13 mid way through the third quarter until Hughes drove the middle of the lane for an easy fingerroll and Johnsons steal led to a transition layup starting a 150 run K JESSIE Smithson Valley guard Justin Hughes drives through two Antonian defenders and See scores a layup during Saturdays 7061 win at SVHS New Braunfels captures consolation championship Campos shuts down Rattlers in Shootout BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor The New Braunfels boys soccer team returned 13 seniors in 2002 and opened the season with two wins and one loss at the Unicorn Invitational Tournament The Uni corns defeated Elgin and Seguin before losing to Round Rock Stony Point in the championship game The Unicorns returned just three letterrnen this year but again they started the season 21 after beating San Marcos in a shootout Saturday in the consolation championship game At the beginning of the season we looked at how young we were and were just trying to get these kids as much experience as we can in thfcbfc touriuunent 1 think we accomplished that in tourna New Braunfels head coach Todd Behling said After falling behind 10 in the first half New Braunfels sophomore Sean Murray scored the equalizing goal with less than 15 minutes remaining in the game We got down again 10 early but Im really proud of the way the kids hung in there and stayed with Behling said 1 certainly feel like we outplayed San Marcos in the sec ond half The kids are really taking to the coaching We have a bunch of guys watching them and giving them some great tips I think our guys are really taking that advice and putting it to good use on the field 1 felt like we were still attacking well after we scored but we talked about what we were going to do if we got tied We thought if we were mov ing the ball really well than we wanted to continue to attack We See NB BOYS Rangers beat Coogs at Rebel Cup 40 New Braunfels senior David Gribbon 13 steals the ball during the Unicom Invitational Boys Soccer Tournament NB defeated San Marcos in the consolation championship game Saturday FROM STAFF REPORTS The Smithson Valley boys soccer team won three of four at this weekends Rebel Cup at Hays High School includ ing a 40 win over crosscoun ty rival Canyon in the conso lation championship game Andrew Sweet scored two goals Jason Clark scored his first goal of the season and Ryan Borgeson added a goal Darren McCutchen scored two goals in the Rangers 20 win over Round Rock West wood on Friday and scored the only goal in a 11 tie won 76 in shootout against Hays Saturday Plugerville Connally hand ed SV its only loss 42 in he second round FridayReagan Schneider and Brad Ray scored goals Canyon fought to a 00 tie at the end of regulation against Boerne in the third round of the Rebel Cup Classic and prevailed 43 in a shootout Junior goalkeeper Joe Isaac denied all shots in regulation including a leaping save on a Boerne penalty kick After Zeb Vicknair evened the shootout at 11 Boerne went up 31 Bryan Jonas then scored on Canyons fourth tiliot and Juan Sanchez netted the fifth shot Canyon goalkeeper Neil Hill saved Boernes fourth and fifth shots Neil Hill has a little bit more varsity experience so we put him in for the Canyon head coach Rob Rush said Its a great luxury to have two goalies that you can really depend In the second shootout Ryan Thomason scored the gamewinner   

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